Aleksa Bjelogrlic

Aleksa Bjelogrlic

Aleksa Bjelogrlic
Autonomous Landmine Detection System
Central S.S.

There are 110 million landmines buried at former combat sites around the world, endangering the general populace and demining personnel. A cost-effective mobile Autonomous Landmine Detection System is proposed. The Ground Penetrating Radar component was reduced to practice and confirmed to be working.

Award Value
Excellence Award – Intermediate
Bronze Medal
Sponsor: Nuclear Waste Management Organization
$100
Western University Scholarship
Bronze Medallist – $1000 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: Western University
$1000

Biography

I am Aleksa Bjelogrlic, a grade ten student at Central Secondary School in London, Ontario. My goal is to study electrical engineering. I am also quite interested in the software side of things. Since my last science fair project, I dived into hobbyist electronics and even tried to integrate them with school projects. To demonstrate the kind of electronics that go into hobbyist satellites, I used a solar panel to power a text-to-speech module singing “Space Oddity” in time with the real song playing in the background. This project was inspired by a program on making your own radar system from MIT OpenCourseWare. I learned some radar theory from the program and decided to make a ground-penetrating radar that could be used by humanitarians to detect landmines. I plan to release this project as open-source and continue to make the system more compact and accessible to humanitarians. My advice for other people looking to do a science fair project is to never go into anything with assumptions about the results; it can cause you to repeat a test over and over expecting a different outcome (to go insane by Einstein’s definition).